Washington, Dec 7: State Department of the US issued a new ‘worldwide caution’ for all its citizens travelling overseas following President Donald Trump’s decision recognising Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. In a document shared by Matt Lee, a diplomatic writer for the Associated Press, the State Department urged its people to maintain high level of vigilance and go through the guidelines for safe travelling.
The statement by the State Department reads, ‘As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 14, 2017.’
The statement further said, ‘As terrorist attacks, political upheaval, and violence often take place without any warning, U. S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling. ‘ The advisory also said that US citizens should go through Country Specific Information pages, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts before planning any trip to better prepare for possible emergencies.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that henceforth it will recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, ignoring warnings from several nations and sections claiming such a move might further alienate the Palestinians and lead to aggravating the conflict. Already reports of several people injured in protest clashes have arrived caused by the the move.
While India has maintained a Non-Aligned stand on the issue, which has divided major countries, the US’s caution does seem to indicate it has not overlooked the possibility of rising tensions following the move.